A federal attempt to ensure that Internet communications and services can be wiretapped could undermine national security by making the U.S. government's own communications less secure and by causing hardened communication tools to proliferate among a receptive audience that includes bad guys, says a May 17 paper from privacy advocates and cybersecurity researchers.
Even if an organization did not exist on Sept. 11, 2001, "if they become an associated force with al Qaeda, then they have joined with the organization that was responsible for those 9/11 attacks, and we believe they are fully covered by the AUMF," DoD Acting General Counsel Robert Taylor told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
More than four-fifths of American adults favor the expansion of camera surveillance in public places, according to a poll from CNN, Time and ORC International. A similar amount favor the use of facial-recognition technology to scan for suspected terrorists at certain locations.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, three-fourths of American adults said they expected occasional terrorism in the United States, though only 23 percent said they were very worried that another attack would occur soon, a Pew Research Center survey found.
The FBI's Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force--which since 2006 hasn't focused exclusively on foreign terrorists--doesn't always provide field offices "with timely and relevant information," say Justice Department auditors.
Law enforcement needs to figure out how to handle an influx of photographs submitted by terror attack bystanders, Richard Daddario, the New York City Police Department's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, said at a House hearing April 25.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be treated as an "enemy combatant" following his April 19 apprehension and subsequent hospitalization, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," Carney said, adding that the courts system had proven many times its ability to handle terrorist cases.
Americans who have thought about terrorism during the previous week are more likely to call the police over a person who shows signs of inclination toward terrorism, finds a weighted survey of the public conducted for the Homeland Security Department.
FBI and National Security Division investigators are not adequately documenting their use of established techniques for investigating possible financing of terrorism, the Justice Department's office of inspector general says.
"I think the biggest strategy mistake of us going into Afghanistan was that that campaign was based in anger," he said. "9/11 had happened, we were very emotional, someone had to be hit and really hit hard. So we went into this tribal society...not knowing the language, the culture, the clans and so on."